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01/29/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Anxious hours in Tokyo, as Islamic State ultimatum expires
Terrorists still hold a Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto Jogo, and a Jordanian pilot, Lt Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Negotiations are set to expire at sunset (Syrian time). Terrorists want the release of failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi. Helpless, Tokyo leaves negotiations in Jordanian hands.
Tokyo (AsiaNews) - The Japanese government announced that it would consult with Jordan over the hostages held by the Islamic State (IS). The terrorist group holds Japanese reporter Kenji Goto Jogo and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh. This comes as IS's third ultimatum expired. In...

01/29/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression
The government has issued construction permits for a new church in New Cairo and two in Upper Egypt. Some permit applications go back 8-10 years. Mubarak never favoured church construction. After the elections, the new parliament is required to upgrade legislation governing the construction of places of worship. Representatives of Christian Churches drafted the bill. A Christian family law is also on the drawing board.
01/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group"
"There is a danger of forgetting that He saved us individually, but as part of a people. A people. Always the Lord saves us as part of a people”. We must not "privatize" salvation, "I have to ask myself whether I speak and communicate the faith; whether I speak and communicate hope; whether I speak, do and communicate charity”.
01/29/2015 ISRAEL-LEBANON-SYRIA
Apparent calm on the border, after the death of two Israeli and one UN soldier
Increased Israeli troops on the border. Military aircraft patrol the area. The Spanish ambassador to the UN blames Israel for the death of the UNIFIL soldier. Ban Ki-moon calls for calm and restraint on the parties to avoid an escalation.
01/28/2015 EGYPT
Braving Arab-Islamic tradition, Egyptian women are beginning to use the bicycle
Most men in the Arab world's largest Sunni nation view women who ride a bicycle as "shameless". However, despite the traffic, poor safety and lack of bike lanes in Cairo, riding saves time and money (for gas). Go Bike encourages cycling. President al-Sisi did the same by taking part in a cycling marathon.

01/28/2015 ISRAEL - LEBANON - SYRIA
Israel and Hizbollah trade fire after Israeli soldiers are wounded
After Hizbollah shells Israeli military convoy, Israel shells Lebanese border villages. Tensions rose after an Israeli attack killed six Hizbollah militants and an Iranian general. Overnight, Israeli planes hit Syrian bases near Quneitra and the Damascus International Airport.
01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia
A Franco-Saudi archaeological team is responsible for the discovery. Prof Frédéric Imbert dated the graffiti to 470-475, a time when anti-Christian persecution began, culminating under the usurper Yusuf. Even the Qur'an refers to it indirectly. The findings show how far Christianity had spread at the time, until the arrival of Islam.
01/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the absence of a father, an evil that affects the family and society
"At first, it was perceived as a liberation: liberation from the father-master figure, from the father as a representative of the law that is imposed from the outside". "Sometimes it seems fathers no longer know what place they should occupy in the family and how to educate children. So, when in doubt, they abstain, they withdraw and neglect their responsibilities, perhaps taking refuge in an unlikely relationship 'on par' with their children". Even the civil community neglects or badly exercises its responsibility towards young people, leaving them "orphans of safe streets to play in, orphans of teachers to trust, orphans of ideals”.
01/28/2015 LEBANON-MIDDLE EAST
Patriarchs of the East: Peace requires an end to terrorism, help for refugees, resolution of Israeli-Palestinian problem
by Paul Dakiki
An ecumenical meeting in Bkerke to address the difficulties faced by Christian communities. Attended by representatives of Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Protestant denominations. Appeal to the Arab and the international community to stop financing and arming terrorists. The need to increase aid to refugees and to hasten their return to their homes. The urgency of electing a president for Lebanon.
01/28/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Tokyo, leaders of all religions pray for hostages held by Islamic State
About 80 Muslim, Christian and Buddhist religious gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to condemn the kidnapping of Kenji Goto Jogo and terrorism by Muslims. A new video shows the Christian reporter and announces: "Less than 24 hours to save him and Jordanian Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh". Japanese official: "We are incompetent, all we can do is ask for help in Amman."
01/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Lent, a time of personal and communal renewal to defeat the globalization of indifference
Lenten Message of Francis. In the communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. " those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference". "Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters".
01/27/2015 TURKEY - SYRIA
Kurdish victory in Kobane worries Erdogan
The Islamic state had threatened the city since September. Some 1,800 people died in the fighting with tens of thousands made refugees. Turkey's ambiguity stems from its fear that a Kurdish autonomous region might emerge in northern Syria.
01/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "It is not easy" to do God’s will, for this we must pray to recognize it and follow it
Even for Jesus it wasn’t easy when he faced temptations in the wilderness or in the Gardens of Olives. It wasn’t easy either for his disciples, some of whom left him because they did not understand what “doing the Father’s will” meant. And neither is it easy for us, when each day we are faced with a tray of so many different options".
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Mainly women transmit the faith
It is ' the path chosen by Jesus, "who wanted to have a mother. "All of us have received the gift of faith. We have to safeguard it." Two things oppose our "living faith": "the spirit of fear and shame." . "We ask the Lord for the grace to have a sincere faith, a faith that is non-negotiable depending on the opportunities that come.
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families
by Bernardo Cervellera
The controversy over Catholics who have children "like rabbits" has overshadowed the Pope’s message about ideological attacks on the family a "colonization" to be freed of. The UN and development agencies funds used for "reproductive health". Collaboration with other religious traditions, including Jews and Muslims vital to counter this "ideological colonization".

Altri articoli
01/26/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
More blood in Tahrir Square four years after anti-Mubarak revolution
01/26/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Tokyo confirms death of hostage and takes time on the exchange of prisoners
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God"
01/24/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE - FRANCE
The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right by Uri Avnery
01/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Never before" has dialogue with Islam been so necessary, for mutual knowledge and acceptance of differences, to counter violence
01/23/2015 JAPAN - ISLAM - SYRIA
As the deadline for Japanese hostages expires, the Islamic State begins countdown
01/23/2015 VATICAN
Mass media: learning a more authentic and human communication from the family
01/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God’s “work” is reconciliation, because "our God forgives" any sin and "always" forgives
01/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
King Abdullah, the timid Saudi reformer, is dead
01/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The most important thing about Jesus is not his healing or teaching but that he has saved us and intercedes for us
01/22/2015 ITALY - VATICAN
Chiara Lubich like Teresa of Avila: her process of beatification begins by Costanzo Donegana*
01/22/2015 JAPAN - ISLAM - SYRIA
Japanese Muslims: Islamic State is destroying our faith, release the hostages
01/22/2015 YEMEN
President Hadi and Houthi militias reach agreement
Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
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01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God"
01/23/2015 MYANMAR
Thousands of people attend the funeral of Kachin Christian teachers raped and killed by soldiers
by Francis Khoo Thwe
01/22/2015 ITALY - VATICAN
Chiara Lubich like Teresa of Avila: her process of beatification begins
by Costanzo Donegana*
01/27/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Beijing sends a new flood of Han migrants to Lhasa: Tibetans risk disappearing
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/23/2015 INDIA
Indian bishop: Beatification of Chiara Lubich, new impetus to interreligious dialogue in Asia
by Nirmala Carvalho
01/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Never before" has dialogue with Islam been so necessary, for mutual knowledge and acceptance of differences, to counter violence
01/24/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/22/2015 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur: Ruling on the word 'Allah' threatens religious freedom
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession

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